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32 Forms of Ganapathi: Srishti Ganapathi - The 23rd Form

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What is the importance of Lord Ganapathi?

Ganapathi or Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is hailed as a remover of obstacles and a harbinger of success, and is both loved and venerated. He has an elephant face, but also has a primordial form with a human head. He is celebrated as a hero of strength, as a happy dancer, as a sweet child and many more. It is considered a good custom to seek his blessings while starting any endeavor or undertaking any venture. Ganapathi veneration is undertaken from very ancient times, and Gaanapathyam, the Ganapathi worship, has been established by saint Adi Shankara, as one of the six fundamental forms of worship in Hindu religion.

What is Srishti Ganapathi form and what is its importance?

Lord Ganapathi is believed to be present in as many as 32 different forms and Srishti Ganapathi is regarded as the 23rd among them. The Sanskrit word ‘Srishti’ simply means ‘Creation’. Srishti Ganapathi thus remains the God of creation, a role normally attributed to Lord Brahma. He is also believed to be an integral part of all his creations and thus, the representative Lord of all the manifestations in the universe. Srishti Ganapathi is a kind form, appears in a crimson-red complexion and is happily seated on Mooshika Vahana, his well-celebrated mouse mount. He has a single face and four hands, is holding his own broken tusk in his principal right hand, and is having an elephant goad, noose and mango fruit, in the others.

What is the significance of worshipping Srishti Ganapathi?

The Srishti Ganapathi form of Ganesha is a kind and considerate aspect of the Lord. As one who gave up one of his own tusks and hence, is appearing only with the other, he is thus believed to be assuring his devotees of his selfless love for them and his readiness for any sacrifice for their welfare. Devotees also believe that his worship will help them with good clarity of thoughts and sound sense of discrimination.

Srishti Ganapathi

This form of Ganesha can be seen as a painting in the Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram and as a sculpture in some temples in Mysore region, where all the 32 Ganapathi forms are on display. However, this Lord can be worshipped in an idol form, in the very famous hill temple of Swaminatha Swami, that is, Lord Muruga, at Swami Malai, near Kumbakonam, in Tamil Nadu state. Star Kettai, also known as Jyestha Nakshatra, is said to be related to Srishti Ganapathi.

Chanting the Srishti Ganapathi Mantra with faith, can be an effective means of propitiating the powerful Lord. describes his form in detail, hails him as ‘Ganapathi, the Creator’, seeks his blessings and prays for his grace.

  • The Mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit,
  • Pashankusha Svadantamraphalavan Akhuvahanaha!
  • Vighnam Nihantu Nah Shonah Srishidaksho Vinayakaha!!
To Participate

The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.

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